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Commentaries for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 22, 2015

READINGS AND OFFICE:

Mass Readings (NABRE). Used in the USA.

Mass Readings (NJB). Used in most other English speaking countries.

Divine Office.

Anglican Use Daily Office. ”Briefly, it is a provision for an “Anglican style” liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecclesiastically approved variant on the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.” More info.

COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST READING: Isaiah 35:4-7a.

Father Maas’ Commentary on Isaiah 35:4-7a. Actually on verses 1-10.

Word-Sunday Notes on Isaiah 35:4-7a.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Isaiah 35:4-7a.

COMMENTARIES ON THE RESPONSORIAL: Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10.

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 146.

St Augustine’s Notes on Psalm 146.

St Albert the Great’s Commentary on Psalm 146. On entire psalm.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary on Psalm 146. On entire psalm.

Word-Sunday Notes on Psalm 146.

My Notes on Psalm 146. On entire psalm.

COMMENTARIES ON THE SECOND READING: James 2:1-5.

Navarre Bible Commentary on James 2:1-5.

Father MacEvilly’s Commentary on James 2:1-5.

Word-Sunday Notes on James 2:1-5.

Pending: My Notes on James 2:1-5.

COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL: Mark 7:31-37.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Mark 7:31-37.

Word-Sunday Notes on Mark 7:31-37.

Navarre Bible Commentary on Mark 7:31-37.

Homilist’s Catechism on Mark 7:31-37.

GENERAL RESOURCES: Individual sites that usually deal with the readings as a whole.

Sacred Page Blog: Jesus the Reverse Psychologist. Catholic biblical scholar Dr. John Bergsma give his reflection on this Sunday’s readings.

Sacerdos.  Gives the theme of the readings, the doctrinal message, and pastoral application.

Lector Notes. Brief historical and theological background on the readings. Can be printed out, copied, and used as bulletin insert.

The Wednesday Word.  I’m not sure why it’s called “The Wednesday Word” since it deals with the Sunday readings. Designed for prayer and reflection, the pdf document ends with Father Dom Henry Wansbrough’s reflections on the first and second readings. Fr. Wansbrough is General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible and contributed commentaries on Matt, Mark, and the Pastorals in A New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture.

St Charles Borromeo Parish’s Bible Study Notes. Notes on all the readings, usually with some background info as well.

HOMILIES AND HOMILY NOTES ON THE GOSPEL: Mark 7:31-37.

Pope St Gregory the Great’s Homily on the Gospel.

St Ambrose on the Healing of the Deaf Man. The act influenced ancient baptismal liturgies, and the reading has often been used for baptismal catechesis.

St Anthony the Abbot on Watchfulness of the Tongue.

St Ephraim the Syrian On the Evils of the Tongue and Similar Vices. Go to page 4 of the book displayed (page 26 in the pdf document).

Abuse of Speech. Homily on the Gospel by Fr. Agustine Wirth, O. S.B., a famed preacher of his day.

On Conformity to the Will of God. Gospel homily by Fr. Wirth.

Homily on the Gospel. By Bishop Bonomelli.

St Thomas Aquinas’ Homily Notes on the Gospel.

Spiritual Deafness and Dumbness. On the Gospel.

Healing Spiritual Deafness and Dumbness. On the Gospel.

PODCASTS: Commentaries, homilies, reflections, etc.

Father Francis Martin’s Reflections on the Sunday Readings. A video in 4 parts, each approximately 15 minutes long. The last three deal with the readings, the first is introductory. The link may be time sensitive.

(1) St Martha’s Parish Bible Study Podcast. Usually looks at the readings in some detail.

(2) St Martha’s Parish Bible Reflections.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s Podcast. Brief overview of the readings. Usually does a good job of highlighting the major theme(s). Text available.

Franciscan Sister’s Bible Study Podcast. Scroll down and click on the link “chapters 6-7.”

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